FOR ESMÉ TO RELEASE RIGHTEOUS WOMAN ON MAY 25
PREMIERES LEAD TRACK DOUBTMOUTH VIA KALTBLUT
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 23, 2018 - TODAY, For Esmé releases Doubtmouth, the lead track from their forthcoming album, Righteous Woman, due out May 25, 2018
(INDEPENDENT). Doubtmouth premiered this morning via KALTBLUT. Watch, Listen and Share: https://youtu.be/scNbYWB31OU. Inside a retro-tinged electro dreamscape both soft and snarling, Martha Meredith (frontwoman and driving force behind For Esmé) invokes the urgent and personal to reflect on and reposition the multitudes of womanhood, to push back against the patriarchy, and to offer the possibility of living on one's own terms. Righteous Woman is a feminist awakening and excavation of the voices within. Co-created with collaborator Dave Thiel and producer James Bunton (Donovan Woods, Too Attached), and mastered by Mandy Parnell (Bjork, Aphex Twin, Dirty Projectors), the album is by and large a conduit for Meredith's distinct voice.
Martha Meredith shares this about the single Doubtmouth; “Over the past few years I’ve worked in four different all-male teams for various jobs and I was exhausted from all the tiptoeing I felt I had to do to be heard. I found repeatedly that if I spoke the same way the men on my team did, that I would be treated negatively for being ‘too confident’ or ‘too outspoken’ or ‘too combative’ — even though it was precisely these traits that got me those positions in the first place.” She continues; “I have experienced being labeled an ‘angry woman’ first hand, and I am a very level person. I dove into some psych studies and found the results disturbing. In a blind test, when men and women promote the exact same opinion assertively to a group (word for word), subjects overwhelmingly shift their opinions to agree with the man when he speaks, and are more likely to push against and oppose the same view if it comes from a woman. It was a relief to discover this wasn’t in my head, but it was also incredibly frustrating — if the bias runs that deep in both men and women, how do we overcome it?”
Taking inspiration from sources ranging from Fiona Apple to Robyn and Röyksopp and referencing projects like No Doubt's Return of Saturn and Joan Didion's seminal essay "On Self Respect", Righteous Woman traverses an emotional spectrum grounded in electronic art pop. With a refrain built for the current cultural moment, Doubtmouth unwinds its message like a spool of thread, moving through the doubt that chokes us and the labels that shrink us to find a voice and body that won't be quieted. Stay tuned for more info via www.foresmemusic.com.
What's The Story About For Esmé?
Fronted by Martha Meredith, For Esmé is an unabashedly feminist exploration of self-love and the courage of conviction in uncertain times. A rare mix of confession and confection, the songs of For Esmé push the limits of pop to embrace infinite beauty while provoking an honest exchange of identity and inner voice. With electric anthems steeped in bright melody and driven by deeper meaning, For Esmé makes music for this moment, glittering ruminations unapologetic in their demand to be heard.
Inspired by an apathetic generation, their 2015 album SUGAR is “electronic pop music that's optimistic and sincere...nostalgic palettes, expansive environments, the wide-eyed pose - it's the kind of sound that would have you believe the world is a big place and it's full of possibility” (Chart Attack). “Empowering, feminist, and poppy enough to dance to [SUGAR] is a gem" (Ride the Tempo). The follow-up to For Esmé's self-titled debut, SUGAR is "as grounded and solid a record as anything that has come out this year from bands who have already graduated to headliner status" (Grayowl Point).